A Pictorial History

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WEST HAM UNITED

Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1952-53  : Football League : Division II

BURY : Football League Division II

53_01_03 WHU v. Bury 01 53_01_10 WHU v. WBA FAC3 01

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : F.A. Cup (Third Round)

53_01_17 Birmingham City v. WHU

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Football League Division II

53_01_24 WHU v. Luton Town 01

LUTON TOWN : Football League Division II

53_02_07 Leeds United v. WHU

LEEDS UNITED : Football League Division II

53_02_18 WHU v. Plymouth Argyle 01

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : Football League Division II

53_02_21 Rotherham United v. WHU

ROTHERHAM UNITED : Football League Division II

53_02_28 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers 01

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Football League Division II

53_03_07 Nottingham Forest v. WHU

NOTTINGHAM FOREST : Football League Division II

53_03_14 WHU v. Everton 01

EVERTON : Football League Division II

53_03_21 Brentford v. WHU

BRENTFORD : Football League Division II

53_03_28 WHU v. Doncaster Rovers 01

DONCASTER ROVERS : Football League Division II

53_04_03 WHU v. Fulham 01

FULHAM : Football League Division II

53_04_04 Swansea Town v. WHU

SWANSEA TOWN : Football League Division II

53_04_06 Fulham v. WHU

FULHAM : Football League Division II

53_04_11 WHU v. Huddersfield Town 01

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN : Football League Division II

53_04_18 Sheffield United v. WHU

SHEFFIELD UNITED : Football League Division II

53_04_25 WHU v. Barnsley 01

BARNSLEY : Football League Division II

53_05_01 Lincoln City v. WHU

LINCOLN CITY : Football League Division II

1951-52 First XI 1953-54 First XI Season 1952-53

Upton Park

3 - 2 (Kearns 3)

3 January 1953

Att: 18,278

Gregory

Wright

Bond

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Woodgate

Gregory J.

Kearns

Foan

Tucker

Upton Park

1 - 4 (Kearns)

10 January 1953

Att: 35,150

Gregory

Wright

Bond

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Woodgate

Gregory J.

Kearns

Foan

Tucker

St Andrews

0 - 2

17 January 1953

Att: 21723

Gregory

Wright

Bond

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Woodgate

Gregory J.

Kearns

Gazzard

Andrews

Upton Park

0 - 1

24 January 1953

Att: 23,667

Gregory

Wright

Bond

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Woodgate

Gregory J.

Kearns

Foan

Andrews

Elland Road

2 - 3 (Barrett, Kearns)

7 February 1953

Att: 17,680

Gregory

Wright

Bond

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Woodgate

Barrett

Kearns

Gazzard

Hooper

Upton Park

0 - 1

18 February 1953

Att: 8,340

Gregory

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Walker

O'Farrell

Woodgate

Barrett

Kearns

Gazzard

Hooper

Millmoor

1 - 1 (Andrews [pen])

21 February 1953

Att: 14,861

Gregory

Bond

Kinsell

Parker

Brown

O'Farrell

Woodgate

Gregory J.

Kearns

Andrews

Hooper

Upton Park

0 - 0

28 February 1953

Att: 9,542

Gregory

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Brown

O'Farrell

Woodgate

Gregory J.

Allison

Andrews

Tucker

City Ground

0 - 0

7 March 1953

Att: 18,088

Gregory

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Brown

O'Farrell

Southren

Barrett

Kearns

Andrews

Hooper

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Andrews, Hooper, Moroney)

14 March 1953

Att: 19,022

Gregory

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Woodgate

Barrett

Moroney

Andrews

Hooper

Griffin Park

4 - 1 (Hooper 2, Moroney 2)

21 March 1953

Att: 18,117

Gregory

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Woodgate

Barrett

Moroney

Andrews

Hooper

Upton Park

1 - 3 (Barrett)

28 March 1953

Att: 13,435

Gregory

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Woodgate

Barrett

Moroney

Gazzard

Andrews

Upton Park

1 - 2 (Barrett)

3 April 1953

Att: 24,592

Gregory

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Southren

Barrett

Moroney

Sexton

Hooper

Vetch Field

1 - 4 (Barrett)

4 April 1953

Att: 17,944

Gregory

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Southren

Barrett

Dixon

Sexton

Hooper

Craven Cottage

3 - 2 (Dixon 2, Sexton)

6 April 1953

Att: 19,270

Gregory

Devlin

Cantwell

McGowan

Allison

O'Farrell

Southren

Sexton

Dixon

Andrews

Hooper

Upton Park

0 - 1

11 April 1953

Att: 22,801

Gregory

Wright

Kinsell

Parker

Allison

O'Farrell

Southren

Barrett

Dixon

Andrews

Hooper

Bramall Lane

1 - 3 (Dixon)

18 April 1953

Att: 32,403

Gregory

Wright

Cantwell

Parker

Allison

Bing

Southren

Barrett

Dixon

Gazzard

Hoope

Sincil Bank

1 - 3 (Barrett)

1 May 1953

Att: 14,285

Gregory

Wright

Cantwell

McGowan

Allison

O'Farrell

Bing

Barrett

Dixon

Andrews

Gunning

Upton Park

3 - 1 (Andrews, Dixon, Hooper)

25 April 1953

Att: 13,038

Gregory

Wright

Cantwell

McGowan

Allison

O'Farrell

Southren

Barrett

Dixon

Andrews

Hooper

On a very cold afternoon, 18,278 fans were at Upton Park for the Second Division match against Bury who were only two off the bottom of the table (with Southampton and Barnsley below them - both those clubs were eventually relegated). Hammers had 26 points from 24 games and "Man of the match" Fred Kearn netted his first-ever hat-trick in the 26th, 30th and 53rd minutes to bring his tally to nine in 15 League games). The 3-2 victory was our fifth successive game without defeat.

8 January 1953

Johnny Ayris (1970-1976) born this day Wapping, London

 

Johnny Ayris was a wing-forward with sublime talent. Unfortunately, a series of injuries put paid to the youngster's hopes of making it to the very top of the game, but he still managed to total 65 appearances and two goals for West Ham United. A product of the club's Academy, Ayris signed full professional forms in October 1970. That same month, he made his league debut in a 3-1 First Division win over Burnley at the Boleyn Ground. Used regularly as a substitute, the player nicknamed 'Whippet' was selected seven times to play for England's youth team in 1971. That same year, he overcame an air embolism on his lung suffered in a challenge with Chelsea's Ron 'Chopper' Harris. Having missed the 1975 FA Cup final - he spent three months playing for Cape Town City in South Africa - Ayris found his opportunities increasingly limited in east London and opted to join Wimbledon on a free transfer at the end of the 1976/77 season. After retiring from playing, he would later work in the sports department at Selfridges before getting married and moving to the Essex town of South Woodham Ferrers and becoming manager of the town's leisure centre.

AYRIS Johnny Ayris & Steve

A Third Round F.A. Cup tie at Upton Park. First Division Albion were favourites against our Division Two squad, but the 35,150 fans saw Hammers open the score through Fred Kearns in the 18th minute. The joy was not to last; George Lee levelled the count nine minutes before half-time and the heavier Midlanders showed their stam¬ina was superior to ours in the muddy conditions. Paddy Ryan made it 2-1 on the hour, and Ronnie Allen and Jack Nicholls added two more before the end. The Throstles won the F.A. Cup Final the following season with that same forward-line.

The Division Two fixture at Upton Park versus Luton Town attracted an attendance of 23,667. To quote the report of the match: "One slip by Allison in an otherwise flawless display assisted Mitchell to net the only goal." It put the Hatters third — a position they held to the end of the season.

 

KEN BROWN makes his Hammers debut against ROTHERHAM UNITED at Millmoor

15 March 1953

JOE DURRELL (1971-1972) Born this day Stepney, London

 

Diminutive, nippy winger who always showed up well on his rare First Team appearances. Replacing Johnny Ayris, he made his League debut in the 2-1 victory over Stoke City at Upton Park on the 25th September 1971. First team appearances were limited to a total of half-a-dozen owing to competition for places. Joe was released in order to provide him with a greater opportunity of playing senior-grade football and was transferred to Bristol City before the start of the 1973-74 campaign. He later played for Cardiff City (loan) and Gillingham before dropping into non-league football with Dagenham who at the time were managed by former Hammer Eddie Presland. After hanging up his boots Durrell pursued a career in teaching.

DURRELL Joe Durrell & Steve

25 March 1953

 

FRANK O’FARRELL 2nd REPUBLIC of IRELAND cap

AUSTRIA International Friendly Dalymount Park, Dublin 4-0

396 OFARRELL Frank - Eire

1 April 1953

 

DAVE SEXTON signs from LUTON TOWN for £5,500 fee

DAVE SEXTON makes his Hammers debut against FULHAM at Upton Park

Good Friday 1953. 11 a.m. at Upton Park, and 24,952 present at the "local derby" versus Fulham. Goalless in the first half, the game livened up after the interval and the Cottagers went on to continue their run of success. Jimmy Barrett, Jr. scored for Hammers, but Bedford Jezzard netted two in reply. Hammers included a new signing Dave Sexton from Luton Town. The visiting line-up had a few names (some of whom gained considerable fame in later years): Eddie Lowe, Jimmy Hill, Bobby Robson, Johnny Haynes and Charlie Mitten.

We visited Vetch Field to play Swansea Town for the second of our Bank Holiday weekend games and lost 1-4. Jim Barrett scored the opening consolation goal.

Easter Monday's visit to Craven Cottage for the "return Good Friday fixture" v. Fulham saw changes in our XI (Cantwell made his League debut with Devlin as his partner). Sexton scored the first goal before (to quote) "the promising Johnny Haynes opened his account for Fulham." Then Tommy Dixon also netted his first League goal for the Hammers - following with a second shortly afterwards - before Newcombe made it 3-2. It remained that way until the final whistle.

Huddersfield Town were very much involved in the race for promotion from the Second Division, and they picked up two valuable points that went towards them ending as runners-up. A press report said "it was a difficult game to describe - though interesting." Neither side had many shots, but both hit the post. Our effort was cleared, but Town's rebounded to one of their forwards who netted the only goal.

LEYTON ORIENT : Essex Pro Cup (Semi-Final)

53_04_23 WHU v. Leyton Orient EPC 01

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Kearns)

23 April 1953

Att: 13,150

Chiswick

Devlin

Bond

Moroney

Brown

Bing

Foan

Gregory J.

Kearns

Gazzard

Tucker

PETER CHISWICK makes his Hammers debut against Leyton Orient at Upton Park

0305 Blackburn Rover (H) 52-53

Leyton Orient won on toss of coin

For two hours West Ham and Orient played without decision. As neither side had a spare date this week, it was agreed that the toss of a coin would decide, and in the dressing-room after the match put O’s into the final.